NEWS BRIEFS



DAY ON THE RIVER is sponsored by the Friends of the Locust Fork River and the Birmingham Canoe Club and will be Saturday, June 20, from 8:15 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. Activities are open to third- through sixth-graders, but all ages are welcome. The free event will include canoe instruction, a river ecology program, water quality testing and how surface water impacts the river, and much more. A hot dog lunch will be provided by local merchants and volunteers. Visit www.flfr.org, email DayontheRiver@gmail.com, or contact Susan at 429-3240 to register by June 18.

BLOUNT FARM-CITY COMMITTEE is hosting ‘A Taste of Blount County’ on Saturday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Clowdus Creekside Cabin just off Ala 75 between Oneonta and Snead. Local farmers have donated food and a local chef will prepare the meal. Tickets are $20 and available at all Blount County Alfa offices and Snead Ag in Snead. Proceeds will benefit the Blount County Young Farmer’s Scholarship.

AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE will be Saturday, June 20, at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Hayden from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The course is a refresher for drivers 50 and over. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Bring a lunch – drinks and snacks will be provided. Phone Cathy Lee at 647-8933 for more information or to register.

PINE MOUNTAIN ANNUAL BBQ AND BLUEGRASS will be Saturday, June 27, at the Pine Mountain Community Center, 4481 Pine Mountain Road, Remlap. Bluegrass begins at noon with groups performing through 7 p.m. Adult and child plates are $7.50 and $5.00; sandwich and drink is $4.00. Phone Charley Head at 516-7656 or Wanda Perrin at 681-9091 to pre-order smoked Boston butts through June 17. Whole Boston butts are $6.00/lb. and chopped pork is $9.00/lb.

JAMES E. CARR RETIREMENT RECEPTION will be Sunday, June 28, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Oneonta First Baptist Church fellowship hall. The public is invited.

FIREWORKS IN THE PARK will be Sunday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at the Locust Fork Community Park. Sponsored by Locust Fork Baptist Church, the event will feature food, inflatables, and Greg McDougal will perform. The fireworks display will be from 8:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

MEETINGS

ONEONTA CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION will have the regular board meeting Monday, June 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the high school library.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at The Smokin Grill, 85 Purple Heart Blvd., Springville, at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Chaplin Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790- 1141 or email lonnie.wadsworth@windstream.net for more information.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN SENIOR CITIZENS meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m. at Mountain Pointe Ministries. A meal is provided.

EVENTS

AMERICAN LEGION POST 129 in Blountsville will have the annual July 4 barbecue and will begin serving at 11 a.m. The $8 plate includes your choice of chicken or pork, baked beans, coleslaw, drink, and dessert. The Ladies Auxillary will have homemade ice cream for $1 per cup.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE The Community Arts Council of Blount County will sponsor a workshop this summer at Oneonta High School auditorium. The workshop will be July 6-11, with Sleeping Beauty performed on Saturday, July 11. There are a limited number of roles available. Visit the council’s Facebook page or e-mail rbrewer3172@gmail- .com for registration information.

THIS AND THAT CITIZENS FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE will be held Saturday, June 27, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Oneonta Police Department. Space is limited and deadline to register is 4 p.m. June 19. Registration forms are available at the OPD.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK will have a ‘Sounds of Liberty’ program Saturday, July 4, from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. Celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the ringing of the Liberty Bell on July 4, 1776. Many states will ring their Liberty Bell at that hour. Gaither Pottery will conduct a pottery class on Aug. 1 using Blount County clay. Crystal Kitchens will teach a class on making rag rugs on Sept. 5. Phone 429-2468 for more information.

OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART BLOUNT COUNTY is asking for items to be shipped to Blount County soldiers deployed overseas. Items may be dropped off at the Blount County Memorial Museum. Phone the museum at 625-6905 for additional information.

SUSAN MOORE FIRE DEPARTMENT will add a $5 per month donation to water bills beginning July 1 to residents in the Susan Moore fire district serviced by Blount County Water Authority.

WEST BLOUNT FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DISTRICT dues are being accepted. The mandatory tax-deductible dues are $150 and may be sent to WBF&EMSD, P.O. Box 229, Hayden, AL 35079. Those under financial hardships may complete an application for reduced or monthly payments. Assistance with applications and notary service is available one hour before the board meeting, held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

BLOUNT COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD is asking for a $40 donation from households in the county to help with operating expenses and the purchase of a rescue-one boat. A complimentary 10-x-13 family portrait is offered as a thank you for the donation. Phone captain Edward Gean at 229-9193 or Scott Fendley at 446-0723 for additional information.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP holds jam sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Summer reading program is in progress and will end June 25 with prizes awarded to top readers on June 26 at a pizza party. Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Phone 429-3156 or visit www.blountsvillepubliclibrary. info for more information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Bam!Pow!Read! summer reading program is in progress. Special events planned each week for children and adults. Phone 274-7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for information on all library programs.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM along with the Blount County Historical Society are creating a Heritage Book. Submissions with original photos and articles may be taken to the museum at 204 2nd St. N. or mailed to BCMM, P.O. Box 45, Oneonta, AL 35121 The Murphree Genealogical Association Convention will be held at the Woodmen of the World building on July 31 and Aug. 1. Registration and payment are due by July 14. Visit www.murphree.us or phone Amy at the museum for more information. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., phone 625-6905.

REUNIONS TAYLOR EDMON SHELTON REUNION will be June 27 at 11 a.m. at the Brooksville Fire Department community room. All relatives of the 13 children are invited. Contact Harvey Shelton at 256-881-5252 or hndshelton@comcast.net or Betty Graham at 256-586-4339 or degraham@otelco.net for more information or questions.

SERVICES

SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM sponsored by the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama will be providing free meals to children 18 years and younger at no cost. Meals will be served at the Ratchford Child Development Center at 600 Jackson Avenue, Oneonta. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 am. until 12:30 p.m. and must be eaten on site. Meals will be served weekdays through July 31, except July 3.

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION will offer a Diabetes Empowerment Education series held on consecutive Tuesdays now through July 14, from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Extension office conference room. The program is free and open to those who wish to learn more about diabetes. Phone 274-2129 to register or for additional information.

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY has begun sessions at Oneonta First Baptist Church. Separation and divorce can be a difficult time for families, especially children. DivorceCare 4 Kids, geared toward ages 5-12 and The Big D, a program for teens age 13-18, will be offered. Phone Dawn King at 283-3357, e-mail divorcecareblount1@gmail.com, or visit DivorceCare.org for more information.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP will meet the fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. to support and share with caregivers who may be struggling with the task of providing care for a loved one suffering from the disease. Phone June Peppers at 363-1248 for more information.

NECTAR SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER needs monetary donations to continue operating the Meals on Wheels and other programs offered to residents of Nectar and the surrounding area. Donations are accepted from individuals, groups, churches, and businesses and may be mailed to Town of Nectar Senior Citizen Center, P.O. Box 235, Cleveland, AL 35049.

COPD SUPPORT GROUP Anyone interested in participating in a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease support group, contact Phyllis at 274-9184 after 1 p.m.

FILLING STATION 56 is a soup kitchen in Blountsville at 69042 Main Street (at the red light) that offers a free meal every Saturday at 5 p.m. The group is a nonprofit organization, health department approved, and accepts donations and volunteers to work. Phone 353-5955 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT To find out if you meet income and nutrition guidelines to qualify for WIC, phone 274-2120. WIC is an equal opportunity provider.

DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center. The group enables people with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Services include independent living skills training, employment assistance, and home modification. Questions? Phone 274- 0174 to make an appointment or visit www.ilrgb.org.

CRITTERS

‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to spay female dogs or cats. There are a limited number of free appointments including rabies vaccinations for female dogs and cats and male pit bulls. If you do have the ability to pay, the fees are $40 for cats, $55 for dogs, and rabies vaccinations an additional $16. Phone 559- 7007 for more information or to make an appointment.

DOG FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED Crossing Paths Animal Rescue finds homes for hundreds of Blount County dogs every year. Dogs can be saved if there are foster homes to house them for a short time. Contact Mary Ellen at 559- 7648 if you are interested in being foster parents to a homeless dog. All food and medical care is provided while the dog is in foster care.

BLOUNT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER and Purina Cat Chow want to find forever homes for cats this month. Share a personal cat rescue story at #MyRescueStory, and for every story shared, Purina Cat Chow will help subsidize a cat adoption fee at BCAS. Phone the shelter at 625-6026 for more information. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.